Africa

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David Stewart SJ reflects on the Pope's prayer intention for May: the Church in Africa.       Pope Francis directs our attention, in this month’s Intention, south of the Equator, asking us to pray with him for the challenges facing the church’s mission there. His Evangelisation Intention for this month is that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.Nobody of...
 Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ
Ahead of the upcoming EU Heads of state meeting in Salzburg, Jesuits in Africa and Europe express concern based on original research. Johannes Siebner SJ (Provincial of the German Jesuit Province), Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ (President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar - JCAM), Bernhard Bürgler SJ (Provincial of the Austrian Jesuit Province) were among many of the signatories of a joint letter titled "Flows of migrants, flows of money", a petition for justice.They protest...
Pope Francis is greeted in the Central African Republic
Pope Francis has returned to the Vatican after the first visit of a pontiff to an active war zone. As his security staff and those who were responsible for keeping him safe during his weeklong visit to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR) breathed a sigh of relief that the trip was without incident, he spoke of the joyful welcome he had received and the spirit of the people, despite their conditions. "It was the joy [that impressed him],” he told journalists on the plane back to...
Pope Francis is greeted in the Central African Republic, CNA
Pope Francis is due to meet Muslim leaders in the Central African Republic (CAR) today, the final day of his apostolic visit to Africa. He is also scheduled to visit a mosque in the Muslim enclave in the capital Bangui, known as PK5, before concluding his visit with a final Mass.During his visit to the CAR, Pope Francis has called for unity in the country that has been torn by strife between Christians and Muslims, urging its citizens to "avoid the temptation of fear of others".The 78-year-old...
Pope Francis is welcomed to the Kangemi slum in Nairobi
Today, on his final day in Kenya, Pope Francis visited a slum in the heart of Nairobi run by the Jesuits - Kangemi. There are approximately 2.5 million slum dwellers in Nairobi, representing 60% of the city’s population and occupying just 6% of the land. The Pope’s visit to Kangemi was the first event of his day, and, according to Linda Bordoni of Vatican Radio, it was perhaps the most important and poignant. “He has made walking with the poor a top priority of his pontificate right from the...
Refugees tell give their testimonies in the JRS booklet
Refugees of East Africa will be joining staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the region at two events with Pope Francis in Nairobi today and tomorrow. This afternoon, they will be among the delegates when the Pope visits the United Nations Office in Nairobi; tomorrow morning, they will be in attendance at Saint Joseph's parish when he goes to the Kangemi urban slum in the Kenyan capital.Pope Francis started his five-day visit to Africa in Kenya yesterday; he will then go on to Kampala,...
Previous overseas visit: Pope Francis in South Korea
Security will be tight for Pope Francis’ first apostolic visit to Africa beginning on Wednesday (25 November). During his six-day journey that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, he will address politicians and religious leaders, visit poor communities, anticipate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and meet members of the Muslim community at a Mosque.Although this apostolic visit will be Francis' 11th journey abroad, it will be his first ever trip to Africa – even before...
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Pope Francis is due to make his first visit to Africa at the end of this month, in what many are describing as the trip with the most security risks of his pontificate to date. He is due to visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic but yesterday he hinted that his planned visit to the Central African Republic might be in jeopardy. His pastoral visit – in response to invitations by each of the three heads of states and local bishops – will potentially bring him face to face with...
Reviewing the Synod on the Family, October 2015
Three weeks of intense work have ended. It has been an incredible experience to be at and live through a Synod of Bishops. No significant changes to Church discipline or doctrine are on the cards. There was no agreement on the hot-button issue of admitting the divorced and civilly re-married to Communion. As the Synod ends there are two reactions: for some, relief that Church teaching has been affirmed; for others, disappointment - especially for those in difficult circumstances who had hoped...
Children at Makumbi Mission, Zimbabwe
As Jesuits in southern Africa realign their structures, Heribert Mueller SJ reflects on their history and their hopes for the future.“We are at a new beginning and feel like pioneers. Indeed, we experience a 'kairos', a moment of grace, in our history as Jesuits in southern Africa.”  Those were the words of Fr Chukwunyenum Afiawari SJ (Fr Chuks), the Rector of Arrupe College at an historic meeting in Harare on 8 January 2015, exactly one month after Father General in Rome announced that...

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